THE LAST BIDDER


| July/August 1982


We received a nice letter last December from Wes and Dorothy Mohling about their 1915 40 HP Case, and asked for more information by letter. Not having heard, we telephoned one April afternoon and were lucky enough to talk to Mrs. Mohling.

She said she would prefer to have us talk to Wes, but he was out making preparations to plant corn. So she was kind enough to fill us in.

Among the questions we asked was one that can bring some unusual answers 'How did you happen to get this engine?'

'He's always been interested in steam engines, and hoped he would find one. We went to a sale at Sargent, Nebraska, when this was offered and he happened to be the last bidder.'

We agreed. That's the way we do it. And if you really want an engine and are not the last bidder, you may go away from the sale very bitter.

The sale was held at Warren Bomberger's on August 16, 1980. The Mohlings knew nothing of the engine's history but started an effort to find out what they could. The engine had either been restored or was well preserved; it was painted and in working order when Wes made that memorable bid.






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